Obama and U.S. Foreign Policy

Historians, of all people, should understand the dangers of prematurely evaluating a President’s foreign policy record. Quite apart from all that we learn as archives open, the passage of time provides perspective. To take an obvious example: while few contemporary observers would celebrate it now, at the time, Ronald Reagan’s approach to Afghanistan was heralded […]

A View from the Outside: Assessing Obama’s First Year as President

Barack Obama’s run for the presidency was observed by European publics perhaps more than any US election in recent history. Students, for whom the presidency of Bill Clinton was barely a memory and little more than a footnote introducing the Bush era, debated the relative merits of a Clinton or Obama nomination largely in terms […]

Dedicated Follower of Fascism . . . er, Fashion

Many soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] get customized T-Shirts made for their units, not an unusual military custom.  Some of the slogans and images, however, are incredibly revealing about Israel’s attitudes toward Palestinians and their ongoing slaughter of Arabs, abetted by U.S. money and munitions, and facilitated by outcries of anger, but little […]